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Poster: narial Date: Oct 5, 2004 3:17pm
Forum: freecache Subject: freecache a dead horse now?

the service has been down for over a week, and there has been no response to the few posts made in that time by whomever may be in charge.

is it safe to assume that freecache is no more? were you guys destroyed by the movie industry since they seem to be going after bittorrent now?

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Poster: simon c Date: Oct 5, 2004 3:28pm
Forum: freecache Subject: Re: freecache a dead horse now?

As I understand it, Freecache is an experimental service, and it's staffed largely by volunteers right now. So that's why nobody is necessarily around to help answer questions on it, unlike, say, the audio and video collections.

[I think the plan is to clearly indicate which of the Archive's services are 'experimental', and which are actually supported, at some point.]

Anyhow, I'm not sure if Freecache is down permanently, unfortunately, because I don't deal with the service, but hopefully, one of the people who does can come along and tell you what's going on.

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Poster: brewster Date: Oct 5, 2004 3:57pm
Forum: freecache Subject: Re: freecache a dead horse now?

Freecache is shelved for now. We have not installed the right redirects, but yes, it is being shelved.

We did not have a good proposition or mature enough tool to attract other freecache sites.

The Coral system, using the planetlab system, does have a critical mass. I talked with the leader of that project and hopefully they will be supporting large files better.

Therefore, I hope to see the ideas move forward, and we may join back in if we think we can take an solid next step.

I have asked the sysadmins to put in a coral redirect (as long as this is ok with the coral folks) or just refer the urls back to the original locations.

thank you all, and ralf especially, for helping with this experiment.


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Poster: brewster Date: Oct 8, 2004 1:57am
Forum: freecache Subject: Re: freecache a dead horse now?

the coral guys are up for the redirect, so prepending on a URL should work again.

The also changed how they handle files larger than 50MB by just redirecting back to the original source.

so we have a system that will work again, and we can move this experiment forward!


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Poster: compn Date: Apr 26, 2005 11:31pm
Forum: freecache Subject: Coral for mostly small files?

the whole point was to cache large files and save the original host, coral seems to be better for html and smaller files.

anyways, freecache was great while it was around and hopefully coral will continue and improve.

also is going to, i thought this would be redirected properly? or even to the freecache page on

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Poster: AlexeyPetrov Date: Apr 8, 2006 12:46pm
Forum: freecache Subject: Re: Coral for mostly small files?

CoBlitz service in PlanetLab (CoDeeN) now do the similar thing as FreeCache did in the past - they cache large files of unlimited size. Distinctly, they distribute every file to many nodes and collect them "on-the-fly" for every downloader. The only limits are: not allowed illegal movie/music/warez.
To use it, just add prefix to any URL, and everybody will be able to download it by usual Web Browser without any additional software.

More info you can find here:

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Poster: compn Date: Apr 9, 2006 3:16pm
Forum: freecache Subject: Re: Coral for mostly small files?

thanks, i'll have to remember that.

i think there was a small window between freecache and other file hosting sites like and . luckily its now easier to find such hosts.